The Rise And Rise Of Mobile Bingo Online: Should You Jump?November 28th, 2014
Mobile bingo is everywhere. We can’t run away from it, so what’s the appeal and where can you get a little more info?
There’s no doubt about it that mobile bingo has become a phenomenon, especially in our little island where we spend most of our time playing UK casinos.
It seems you can’t go on a search engine, turn on your TV or visit a social media channel without being greeted with a mobile bingo site.
There are so many around these days it’s hard to make an informed choice about which one to join. God knows we’re no help – the clue is in the title… lucky mobile CASINOS.
So knowing nothing about it, but curious and wanting to give our loyal readers who may be tempted to try it a bit more information, we asked our friends at Madaboutbingo.com to help us out.
Because they know their bingo shizzle.
Why pick bingo over mobile casino?
There are the same obvious advantages to mobile bingo as there is to mobile casino, or mobile anything.
No longer do you need to sit about a waiting room for an appointment, or go on a long train journey feeling bored – you can enjoy mobile bingo anywhere you are.
There are now mobile bingo sites that are completely dedicated to serving customers on a mobile platform which means you can look to a high-quality product.
Mobile bingo is popular… but not as popular as online
That gives you an advantage in two ways. First you have sites hosting games and exclusive mobile bonuses which means that you can only play them via a Smartphone device.
Secondly, as there are normally a smaller number of players that means you have more chances of taking home a bigger jackpot.
In short? Less competition than in the online bingo world.
It’s not really seen as gambling is it?
But don’t forget – it is still gambling.
So same rules apply, be responsible with your cash and know your limits.
We’re not sure why. Maybe it’s because the cost of mobile bingo is so much lower than in casino (one card can cost from ‘free’ to a penny to 10+ in cash).
Or maybe it’s because it’s something that you grew up doing with your family. Like the lottery or scratch card games.
Most of your relatives wouldn’t bat an eye if you told them you were playing bingo every night, but might start frowning if you were doing the same on casino.
It’s socially more acceptable, and when you win you can tell everyone without judgement.
Because you’ll play slots as much as bingo
And this is the little bingo secret no-one tells you when you sign up to bingo sites. Sure you come to buy a few bingo cards.
Then you spend the rest of the evening playing the ‘side-games’, otherwise known as all the slot machines you know and love. All on mobile too.
See? Still gambling.
It’s far more social
If not playing the side games, this is what attracts so many people to online bingo sites.
Sometimes, you just want a chat with a group of like minded people who love the same game you do. And it’s not grandmas.
We tried it, there’s people of all ages and all sexes in the groups, though we’d admit that a good 65% were probably women rather than men.
Lower wagering and more bonuses
Like at Angry Bingo
- 1st deposit: 500% to £50
- 2nd Deposit: 100% to £100
- Every deposit after: 50% reload on every deposit of £10+
It’s crazy how many bonuses they give you. We’ve seen plenty who give you a reload bonus on every single deposit you make, always, forever.
It does mean that the amount they give tends to be smaller than in casino however. ie. Deposit £10, get £50.
The downside of playing with mobile bingo balls
Again, these are general as much as specific to the game.
There can be limitations to what you can play
Not all of the online bingo sites are yet compatible with all mobile devices, mostly sticking with the latest Android phones and iPhone / iPad. Though soon it will become almost mandatory to keep up with competitors.
Madaboutbingo has a full list of brands that are all accessible via your mobile or tablet if you are interested.
Equally, if it’s a bingo brand that was originally a desktop site, you may not be able to enjoy the full array of features on your mobile device. That means not getting access to all the bingo rooms, bingo bonuses, or side games.
But that just means you’ve got to learn to pick well.
The chances of winning a jackpot aren’t as big
There’s no doubt about it, if you play on bingo alone, the chances of you walking away with hundreds of thousands is smaller than if you play on slot machines or blackjack all the time.
We are not saying you can’t find big bingo jackpots. We are just saying that there’s more slots with big jackpots than there are bingo rooms with similar size winnings.
Harder to clear the wagering
Remember how we said the wagering was lower? Yeah, well, that’s because of those chances we mentioned above.
Because it’s harder to win big amounts, they make it easier for you to clear your wagering. It’s also why they can give you more bingo bonuses and promotions to help you keep playing and hopefully winning.
Mobile Bingo Tips
After our conversations with Madaboutbingo, we deduced the following tips for playing on mobile bingo sites.
Look for an operator that boasts a no deposit bonus
Like at Wish Bingo
You’ll get £10 free on registration with a wagering of only 4x.
Especially if you are new to mobile bingo or just want to try one out for size. Because there are far more of them out there than in the casino world.
If you don’t see ‘free’, move on and try somewhere new. All the big brands will give you a freebie to get you to try mobile phone bingo before you commit cold hard cash. If not a free money bonus, then definitely giving you access to free bingo cards and rooms for a week so you get a feel for the game.
Look at their games portfolio before joining
There are still some brands out there that don’t have a huge selection of games, but the high-quality ones will have just as much as browser-based sites.
Much like the heydays of casino, you’ll either find a Microgaming Bingo site, or a Playtech Bingo site, but rarely both combined. So double check to see they have your favourite games, both for bingo and for casino side games.
And as always check your payment methods
Make sure you have a look at the alternative payment methods they offer if you have a preferred way of transferring funds.
Where Can You Play?
Some of the biggest brands in the business are mobile friendly – and there’s more and more popping up every day.
You can either choose to go for the big brand household names, such as Paddy Power Bingo, or pick the new rising sites that are competing for your attention and are a little bit different. We like:
- Angry Bingo: £5 free no deposit + 500% bonus
- Wish Bingo: £10 free no deposit + 250% bonus
- mFortune Bingo: £5 free no deposit, no wagering requirements
See? Lots of freebies to get you started in the path of the bouncing happy balls. Good luck!
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